“No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.” -Robert Frost

Surprise! Did you miss me? It's been almost a month since the last newsletter. I wish I could say that I was off jet-setting to far-flung corners of the world or holed up in my office churning out the final pages of my novel, but the truth is I was sick. As in SICK! Ugh. But I am finally back at 100% (and maybe even 110% depending on how much caffeine I have ingested), and some really fun things have been developing...as you will read about below. So, let's get to it!

I recently came across this Frost quote and was so excited (I think I might have actually screamed "yes!" at the computer). Frost succinctly describes my writing philosophy. When I start working on a new piece, I rarely (ahem, never?) know where it is going to end up. Usually I start with a short phrase, an action, or an emotion. For example, the other day, I was obsessed with the idea of someone rubbing grit from her eyes after a sleepless night. The idea started taking on a life of its own, and I knew exactly where it belonged and why. But as I wrote out the scene, I was shocked by what emerged. I discovered a delicious new depth to the character that made everything else in the story fall into place.

The truth is, if I don't experience these kinds of revelations while writing, then I know the story isn't where it needs to be. Not yet. So the story gets filed away with the hopes that one day it will be ready to share itself with me. I have a filing cabinet full of these stories -- and they are complete stories with all the ABCs of the writing game: fully developed characters, arcing plot line, engaging dialogue, etc. But the magic "it" that makes a story a story isn't there. I always used the analogy of painting by numbers does not create a work of art, but I think Frost said it much more effectively. So here's hoping that there is always a surprise in whatever you read.     

In this newsletter I have included a new flash fiction story entitled The Life of Me. I have also included information on my short story collections that are currently available on Amazon. (Yes, I published two books over the past weekend!)  

Enjoy! 

Flash Fiction

Note: Stories contain adult language and themes.

The Life of Me

Don’t ask my age, it’s not polite. I will tell you that I am old enough to have a husband and children, yet not old enough for grandchildren. But I don’t have any of that. I do have sagging boobs and well-defined lines of non-existent experiences on my face, though. I guess it is a trade-off, but I doubt it’s ...

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Honeysuckle Series

Honeysuckle Road is now available on AmazonThis ebook includes four short stories that explore everyday relationships among people in not-so-everyday situations. In "Philadelphia, 1964," a young girl learns about the consequences of being accepted as "one of the crowd" and realizes that maybe she is not in such a hurry to grow up. "A Purposeful Walk" highlights a challenged man's encounter with an unassuming child that changes the way the man perceives the world. "What Would Jerry Do?" explores people's unhealthy obsession with public personalities and the dangerous and disturbing outcomes. Finally, in "The Stone," a young boy must face his own monsters while being bested in a challenge from his closest friends. 

I've got two more ebooks in this series, which I have included on the new Publications page of the website (Honeysuckle Memories is currently in the top 100 for Short stories>Women's Fiction!). I'll share more information on them in next week's newsletter, or you can check out my author page on Amazon or Goodreads to learn more now.

That's all for this week~

Thank you so much for reading my work. If you know anyone who might enjoy my writing, please feel free to forward this newsletter to them.

Thank you for sharing in this exciting ride with me!